Military banners continue to line EL streets

Ray Talbott and Bill Seavy hang veterans’ banners on Saturday, April 27 from the bucket of a City of East Liverpool bucket truck from a pole on East Fourth Street in preparation for Memorial Day commemoration later this month. They were tasked to hang 140 throughout the day as part of the East Liverpool Veterans City Council’s program. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

EAST LIVERPOOL — As other communities are discussing implementing military banner programs, the city of East Liverpool can boast being at the forefront.

Since introducing its program last year, the city’s Veterans City Council has seen it grown to include more than 253 two-foot by 3-foot double-sized heavy vinyl banners hung throughout the city.

According to Ray Talbott, who oversees finances for the banner program, the banners include information about the pictured veteran, such as he or she was a Prisoner of War, Missing or Killed in Action and any medals or valor he or she earned.

The banners, which are made by Campbell’s Signs, are hung from light poles with the help of a city bucket truck, cost $120, including the bracket. Friends or family members have stepped forward to sponsor either an individual banner for a loved one or to pool their funds.

A veteran’s connection to East Liverpool is not required; however, he or she should have been honorably discharged.

Application forms currently are available at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 66 on Ravine Street; East Liverpool Elks Lodge 258, 620 Broadway St.; American Legion Post 374, Parkway Avenue; or from the Veterans City Council or through their Facebook page.

During a recent meeting, the Veterans City Council also revealed that they will be gathering to decorate the graves of deceased veterans at local cemeteries, having ordered 6480 new flags, as one cannot reuse a flag once it has dirt on the stick. Members also discussed final preparations for this year’s Memorial Day event, which includes the May 27 parade.

To register for the parade or become involved with the council’s efforts, call Talbott at 330-385-2852 or Tom Aikens at 330-386-3303.